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ERIC Number: ED418380
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Pages: 26
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Emergent Readers' Responses to Read Aloud Stories and Stories Presented by a Computer.
Fernandez, Melanie
The electronic storybook may be one tool that can simulate the read aloud story by a human reader. If the electronic story can serve to provide some of the elements derived from a human book reading experience, then time spent with these electronic stories can give children some building blocks that will aid in their literacy acquisition. A study aimed to discover if children's responses to stories delivered by a computer are similar to children's responses to stories read by a human reader. The study employed a 2(mode) x 2(story) x 2(time) ANOVA with 2 between subjects factors (mode and story) and 1 within subjects factor (time). Some research questions were addressed qualitatively. Participants were 40 six year olds from a rural school having a large percentage of students receiving free or reduced lunches. Out of the 32 comparisons, there were only 3 significant mode effects (p<.05) with the CD story experience being statistically significantly better than the human read experience in two of the three comparisons. All other comparisons showed no significant difference between the two modes. The CD story experience was essentially equivalent to the human read experience with regard to the literacy learnings tested by the chosen assessment instruments. In examining effect sizes, however, a trend favoring the human read experience was seen. Qualitative data showed few differences. It did show, however, that although boys responded more often to questions after having experienced the CD story experience than girls, they preferred the human story experience. (Contains six tables of data, a figure, and 16 references.) (Author/NKA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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